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Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in your prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete (teleios is translated “perfect and complete” here) in all the will of God.   Colossians 4:12  

We find in this verse that Ephaphras is praying for the spiritual maturity of believers.  Note how he is praying for them: laboring fervently.  This is some intense prayer.  It seems to be very important to disciple of Paul that believers mature.  To have the heart like this is to have the heart of God for we are told in this verse that this is the will of God.  This should be a main objective of ministry.  If it is important enough to be recorded in a letter by Paul; that it is important enough for a disciple of Paul to pray with such intensity; and if it is the will of God, should not be a major emphasis of the Church?  Do you labor in prayer fervently for the spiritual maturity of others to be developed?  If not the mandate of Scripture is there.  Get serious about your own growth.  Then get serious about the growth of others.

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